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Handbook for Composting and Compost Use in Organic Horticulture


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Alsanius, Beatrix W.; Blok, Chris; Cuijpers, Willemijn J.M.; França, Soraya C.; Fuchs, Jacques G.; Janmaat, Leen; Raviv, Michael; Streminska, Marta A.; Termorshuizen, Aad J. and van der Wurff, André W. G. (2016) Handbook for Composting and Compost Use in Organic Horticulture. Research Report. BioGreenhouse COST Action FA 1105, www.biogreenhouse.org.

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Compost, as a product of recycling processes, can be a very appropriate input material for organic farming, provided the composting process is well-managed, the input materials are free of contaminants, and the resulting product is applied according to the system’s ecological needs. Compost is a very important input material for organic greenhouse production. Organic greenhouse production may vary in the level of intensity, but it is generally a system with high turnover rates of organic matter, high inputs of both nutrients and energy, and high production levels. Compost is used as an important source of organic matter and nutrients in greenhouse horticulture, and is an important component of growing media for nurseries. Compost plays an important role in building a resilient farming system, by providing both the energy sources and the nutrients to sustain soil biodiversity.

EPrint Type:Book
Keywords:organic farming, composting, composts, horticulture, greenhouse horticulture, soil microbiology, digestate
Subjects: Crop husbandry > Composting and manuring
Research affiliation: Netherlands > Louis Bolk Institute
European Union
Switzerland > FiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture Switzerland > Plant Protection and Biodiversity
Sweden > Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
Netherlands > Wageningen University & Research (WUR)
Netherlands > Other organizations
Related Links:http://www.cost.eu/COST_Actions/fa/FA1105, http://www.biogreenhouse.org/
Deposited By: Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau, FiBL
ID Code:30598
Deposited On:27 Sep 2016 08:51
Last Modified:27 Sep 2016 08:51
Document Language:German/Deutsch
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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